Mystic Warriors

Pole Position II, Mystic Warriors, Sonic Wings, and Solitary Fighter Join Arcade Archives

Last Updated on January 3, 2024

Hamster’s Arcade Archives series of enhanced classic arcade titles has had a bumper few weeks, closing 2023 with a quadrology of top titles.

As we’ve omitted to report them individually, here’s a look at what’s currently available from the series on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Pole Position II

Released in arcades in 1983, Pole Position II is a NAMCO racing game that is split into qualifying and racing segments. Make a good time in your qualifying lap to advance to the grand prix. This release features four different courses.

Mystic Warriors

Released by KONAMI in 1983, Mystic Warriors puts you against evil ninja troops working for the “SKULL” megacorporation. Rescue your captured friends and prevent the armageddon of the ninjas.

Sonic Wings (aka Aero Fighters)

Released by VIDEO SYSTEM in 1992, Aero FIghters is a top-down shooter in the 1942 style. With major cities around the world occupied, eight warriors board a fighter jet and take to the skies. You are one of these fighters, establishing a defense line for the United Nations to overcome a seemingly overwhelming military power.

Solitary Fighter

Released by TAITO in 1991, Solitary Fighter takes place in the early 1950s US, and you guide a player to take part in a fighting tournament. To become the number one “quarreler” you must use weapons, the crowd, and any other means necessary to win.

Why buy Arcade Archives titles?

The Arcade Archives is essentially a digital museum of classic arcade games, allowing you to play classic titles like those above (and more iconic examples: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaga) on modern consoles.

Here are some key things to know about Arcade Archives:

  • Faithful Emulation: The games are emulated very accurately, down to the original bugs and glitches. This can be a good thing for purists, but it can also be frustrating for some players.
  • Additional Features: Most Arcade Archives games include additional features like online leaderboards, save states, and rewind. These features can make the games more accessible and enjoyable for modern players.
  • Large Library: There are over 400 games in the Arcade Archives library, and new games are added all the time. This means that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of classic shoot-em-ups, fighting games, or racing games.
  • Reasonable Price: Most Arcade Archives games are priced at around $8 USD/£8 GBP which is a relatively small price to pay for the opportunity to play a piece of gaming history.

You’ll find these games in your Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store.

About the author

Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine, TechRadar.com, and other publications.

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